tv [untitled] August 28, 2012 6:00pm-6:30pm PDT
superintendent carranza: good evening, and i want to congratulate you on the "r's." they get better every evening. i want to congratulate all of our faculty staff, parents, and all of our schools for a smooth opening of schools. i think i had heard some parents refer to it as silky smooth. i was pleased and proud of what i saw. schools were welcoming. students were eager and ready to learn with their new backpacks and pencils, and teachers were energized and ready to go. of course, i did get to see some that were anxious about going to a new school. i did not see many kindergartners crying, but i did
see a few parents. i can also relate. the first night, i rushed home that night to hear what she had to say about her first and middle school and was relieved to hear her thoughts on the day and her saying how much she liked middle school. congratulations. while everyone pitched in to make sure it was a smooth start, i want to thank a few departments. our construction -- instruction department, to make sure that we had textbooks, and i also want to set daisy. with the adoption done in the spring, it was a late night and weekend that we had to do, and it was mission accomplished, and i also want to congratulate our facilities department. these are oftentimes are unsung heroes, but they made sure things were clean for the first day, and every school i visited
looked absolutely spotless. i also want to thank our human- resources department. this is an incredible feat that i am about to share with you. we had a 99% teacher fill rate on the first day of school, so, ladies and gentlemen, what that means, with the 8000 employees we have, we were only a short three teachers, -- we were only a short -- only short three teachers. believe it or not, this is an exceptional four school districts, given that inevitably they are moving on in less than a week before school opens, and last but not least, i want to thank the voters of san francisco for investing in our schools through a veint ahrough the prop a.' and this summer, we had over $62
million worth of improvements done at 18 bonded sites and another $10 million of various other improvements at another 36 schools sides. for our students, that means our schools are more accessible. they are more apt to be used to support technology. they are healthy. they are safe. there are outdoor gardens that support learning, so they q2 them for investing in our schools. now, some business. the whopping cough booster, and immunization. i want to provide a quick update. the legislature passed a bill requiring all incoming seventh and 12th-grade students that must show proof that they have received all of the whopping cough booster shots, also called
tdap. you have to make sure you are vaccinated, or by law, we cannot allow you in the classroom. including our school nurses, counselors, learning support professionals, and school administrators, they are all worse enclosed -- working closely to provide families with vaccination options. this is a good idea to take out a piece of paper and pencil if you are at home. i have some information if you have yet to receive your tdap vaccination. there are flyers outside, in the same information is filed on our website, -- and the same information is found on our website. first of all, you can go to your own doctor's office or clinic. you can also visit the adult immunization of travel clinic on grove street, room 102. you can also visit the maxing
hall health center, 1301 paul pierce street, or the -- the 1301 pierce street, the youth centger, -- center, and some of birds. -- some others. it will be held at the following dates of times. tuesday, september 4, 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., thursday, december 6, 2:00 until 6:00 p.m., and september 11, 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., three free health clinics. students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and parents, you should bring the child immunization record. this information is available on the website.
we do not want a single student to lose precious time this year because we do not have the vaccination. and then last but not least, this friday, we're going to hold a press conference at 11:00 a.m., which we are going to release our state test scores for the 2011-2012 school year. i went to and the report this evening with a teaser. we have received our data, and i can really talk about it until friday, but i will give you the teaser, and that is as you know, these are state tests that we are required to administer to all students in the spring, and while i cannot share details, i will say that when they shared the preliminary results with us
and with me, i think i and all of my staff went to bed for the next three days with a huge grin, and i think you will see on friday that the district is continuing to accelerate student learning and continuing to work the achievement gap, which is really the focus of our plan. i nice little teaser of view. you can read about it, but we are very proud of our parents, students, administrators for what they have put in in spite of the budget environments to continue to support student growth in our district, so with that, i want to say thank you for being here this evening. >> good evening. my apologies for being delayed today.